An aside: if you aren’t totally in the tank for the Seasiders by now, you are insane. Blackpool 2 Liverpool 1 on Sunday, in an incredible game. Just a fantastic team to follow right now, particularly if you’re gearing up for six months of taking your Oilers medicine. The back story is amazing, the manager is wonderfully entertaining and says things like “I used the word ‘useless’ because I didn’t think he had a very good game, and I put a horrible one in front of it.” Plus there’s all sorts of crazy cultural stuff to try and understand, like why calling a referee “[mysterious word] useless” gets you “brought up on charges by the FA.”
I’m convinced that you could fill in about 98% of NHL rosters before training camp even starts and that the whole thing is sort of a waste of time as far as evaluating talent goes. There are basically two rules that can lead you to correct assessments virtually all of the time: 1) The guy with the one way deal stays and 2) when choosing between guys on one year deals, the guy in whom the organization has made a bigger investment doesn’t face waivers.
With that said, the Oilers deserve some credit for the inexplicable decision to keep both JDD and DD. It’s reasonably tough for them to surprise me but this did. I thought Tom Renney’s quote on Dan Tencer’s show was a pretty nice washing of his hands of the entire affair: “Is it ideal for me? No. Is it ideal for the organization? Absolutely. I trust Steve (Tambellini) and his judgment.” !
In any event, this will be interesting to follow. Virtually every team in the NHL has two goalies on one-way contracts; the only ones who look not to be are Justin Peters in Carolina, Nashville with an empty spot and then Washington with a pair of guys on two way deals. In short, the cost of acquiring 1/3 of the second worst goaltending trio in the NHL in 2009-10 would be pretty high, as someone would have to be exposed to waivers and teams would likely have to eat some money.
I’ll confess to not understanding Steve Tambellini’s strategy in signing both of DD and JDD to one way deals but so long as it’s only Daryl Katz’s money he’s burning, so I don’t care too much. However, Lowetide has a post on some of the interesting players who are on waivers though and I’ll be somewhat frustrated if the Oilers pass up a shot at a free talent who might someday play in the NHL for them in order to continue deferring a decision between JDD and DD.
I think, if I understand things correctly, that they need to put anyone who will be going on waivers there by noon today or else assign Souray in order to get down to the 23 man roster limit. Passing on an opportunity to have some guy who might have potential on an extended tryout in order to not make a decision on JDD and DD strikes me as pretty inexcusable unless there’s simply nobody on the wire who they could see being a contributor in two or three years. I would think that the odds of virtually any skater on waivers being a contributor to the Oilers in the future are higher than the odds of whichever of JDD or DD they don’t like now being a contributor in the future, barring a plan to carry three goalies forever.
It’d be interesting if, once it’s all said and done, someone asked Steve Tambellini what he was trying to do with the three goalies. I find it all so bizarre that I assume there is some master plan I don’t understand but it gets harder and harder to keep telling myself that. It may not matter too much but it does provide us with a general sort of comment on Tambellini’s competence level if he has again misjudged the market for goalies.